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May 2016 Issue

AVTA's Fleet Plugs In to Meet Zero-Emissions Goal

Alex Roman, Managing Editor

With a theme to be “100% Green in 2018,” the California-based agency recently awarded BYD a contract to supply up to 85 electric buses over a five-year period, with the first 29 set to be delivered over the next year.

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AVTA's Fleet Plugs In to Meet Zero-Emissions Goal
Sustainability| May 2, 2016

AVTA's Fleet Plugs In to Meet Zero-Emissions Goal

With a theme to be “100% Green in 2018,” the California-based agency recently awarded BYD a contract to supply up to 85 electric buses over a five-year period, with the first 29 set to be delivered over the next year.

2016 Bus Maintenance Survey: Shops Still Dealing with Electrical Learning Curve

2016 Bus Maintenance Survey: Shops Still Dealing with Electrical Learning Curve

With electric bus usage and the adaptation of electric cooling fans continuing to grow, maintenance departments around the nation are working hard to find ways to both address issues and provide specialized training for their staff.   

Sustainability| May 2, 2016

Publisher's Perspective: For electric buses, the future is here

Only a few years ago, these buses could only travel  a few hours without needing another charge. Today, some are claiming 160 miles, roughly one-half the specified range of diesel-powered transit buses.

10 questions to ask before writing your Automatic Passenger Counting RFP

10 questions to ask before writing your Automatic Passenger Counting RFP

Since many APC systems are now being installed at the bus or train vendor’s manufacturing facility — before they are delivered to the agency — the importance of accurate APC technology descriptions is crucial.

Custom-Designed Bus Shelters Becoming Standard

Custom-Designed Bus Shelters Becoming Standard

Lower-priced materials are huge factor in this shift. Amenities being implemented include LED displays and solar lighting, to make riders feel welcome.

St. Cloud Training Center Improves Paratransit Process
Accessibility| May 2, 2016

St. Cloud Training Center Improves Paratransit Process

Prior to opening its $2.2 million facility, Metro Bus paid a health care agency to conduct the physical assessments. Now, trained staff performs applicant interviews and cognitive and physical assessments during one appointment, creating a cost savings of about $125 per assessment.

Crisis Communications and Reputation Management for Motorcoach Operators
Motorcoach| May 2, 2016

Crisis Communications and Reputation Management for Motorcoach Operators

Just an hour ago you were a safe, respected motorcoach operator taking a group of middle school students on a field trip to a well-known museum or operating a scheduled service run between two big cities. Now, you’re in the eye of a hurricane. So, what are you going to do?

Dallas Streetcar Connects Commuters to City Center
Rail| May 2, 2016

Dallas Streetcar Connects Commuters to City Center

The four-stop, 1.6-mile starter line, which connects downtown’s Union Station to a major healthcare provider and employer, operates vehicles that leverage both overhead catenary and an onboard energy system.

What's New in Electric Buses?
Sustainability| May 2, 2016

What's New in Electric Buses?

METRO spoke to several suppliers in the industry to find out what’s new with the electric vehicles they currently have on the market, their thoughts on the future of electric buses and more.

Transit partners with ridesharing services to create multimodal options

Transit partners with ridesharing services to create multimodal options

Not long ago, companies like Uber and Lyft were considered a threat to public transportation, but now, many cities and transit agencies are starting to work with these ridesharing services to create more multimodal options for their customers.

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